Which University?

It is always difficult choosing a university. There are a number of factors to take into consideration, which should include:

  • The course
  • The reputation of the university, both for the course you wish to study and the university as a whole
  • City located vs campus
  • The geographical location
  • How attractive it is to potential employers

With over 130 universities now offering undergraduate courses in the UK, graduate employers only have the resource to target a limited number. Results (from High Fliers Research) show that the top graduate employers target between 10-25 universities each. Accounting & professional services and law firms publicise their vacancies in the largest number of universities whilst media and consulting firms were represented at the fewest.

Here are the universities targeted by the largest numbers of employers in 2013-14:

  1. Nottingham
  2. Manchester
  3. Cambridge
  4. Oxford
  5. Bristol
  6. Bath
  7. Warwick
  8. Leeds
  9. London Imperial College
  10. London University College
  11. Birmingham
  12. Durham
  13. Sheffield
  14. Loughborough
  15. Edinburgh
  16. LSE
  17. Newcastle
  18. Exeter
  19. Southampton
  20. Strathclyde
  21. York
  22. London Kings College
  23. Glasgow
  24. Liverpool
  25. Cardiff

Interestingly, when compared to the rankings in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, Oxford and Cambridge are ranked in 1st and 2nd place but Nottingham and Manchester fail to make the top 15, yet are ranked 1st and 2nd by employers. By contrast St Andrews and Lancaster, which are ranked in the top 15 in the University Guide, do not appear in the employers top 25 universities.

Universities with the best graduate employment records?

Here are the top 25 universities who have the top graduate employment rates:

1. St Georges, London

2. Imperial College, London

3. Cambridge

4. Oxford

5. Birmingham

6. Kings College, London

7. Bath

8. Durham

9. Sussex

10. Loughborough

11. Buckingham

12. St Andrews

13. University College, London

14. Robert Gordon

15. Lancaster

16. Swansea

17. Nottingham

18. Cardiff

19. Dundee

20= Warwick 

20=Exeter

22. Bristol

23. Glasgow

24. Newcastle

25. City

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